53 days in Asia, South Pacific, United States & Europe Itinerary

53 days in Asia, South Pacific, United States & Europe Itinerary

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Tokyo, Japan
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Cairns, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Los Angeles, United States
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New York City, United States
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London, United Kingdom
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 8 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Mer and Marina Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Louvre Abu Dhabi. Step out of Dubai with an excursion to Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque in Abu Dhabi--about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through KITE BEACH, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, and take a leisurely stroll along Dubai Creek.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dubai trip planner.

Bydgoszcz, Poland to Dubai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Bydgoszcz to Dubai. Traveling from Bydgoszcz in February, expect Dubai to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dubai

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Beijing, China

— 1 night
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
On the 16th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall.

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You can fly from Dubai to Beijing in 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Beijing is 4 hours. In February, Beijing is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 6°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites
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Shanghai, China

— 1 night

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get great views at Jin Mao Tower, get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), and then shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in February, with highs in Shanghai at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa and Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Chojuji Temple, Jochiji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, buy something for everyone on your list at Tokyo Station Yaesu Chikagai, examine the collection at The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route builder.

Fly from Shanghai to Tokyo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Esplanade Boardwalk and Opal Reef. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti, about 44 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns online travel route planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Cairns in 11 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Australia

— 1 night
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 27th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Sydney, Australia

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stop by Darling Harbour, and look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Sydney sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Los Angeles, United States

— 7 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Indian Canyons and Old Town Temecula are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Montana Avenue and Two Rodeo Drivefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Palm Springs Air Museum, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Los Angeles in 18 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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New York City, United States

— 7 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Do your shopping at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Fifth Avenue. St. Patrick's Cathedral and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, visit Greenwich Village, wander the streets of SoHo, and browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New York City online route planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

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London, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Popular historic sites such as Bletchley Park and Churchill War Rooms are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Anglesey Abbey and North Laine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Oxford (Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, &more), Brighton (The Lanes & Gustamps) and Ely Cathedral (in Ely). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Wallace Collection, get your bearings at British Library, browse the exhibits of HMS Belfast, and take a stroll through Westminster.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the London day trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to London in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to London is 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in London are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 7 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Take a break from the city and head to Seine River and Ile Saint-Louis. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, stop by Le Marais, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. March in Paris sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.